Part of the discussion on the overuse and misuse of guns ought to focus on the over-militarization of police and their use of guns.
Amanda Ripley’s article “Your Brain in a Shootout” shows that entering any scenario with flash grenades and drawn guns while deliberately causing confusion is fraught with danger for both sides, even with well-trained police. In spite of this, no-knock raids have becomes commonplace for arresting suspects in our “War on-Drugs”. The law should prohibit dynamic-entry raids for any purpose short of an immediate need to save lives, which is what SWAT teams were originally intended for.
Arthur Slabosky, East Lansing, MI